Dufour 30 classic

Simplicity is the essence of this entry-level cruiser, launched in the late 1990s.

She is quick under full canvas, easy to handle, close-winded and fairly well

balanced to boot. The rig, which supports a fairly large mainsail and a small,

non-overlapping jib, was rather lightly built for serious offshore work. The

cockpit is well laid out, with all the essentials within easy reach of the helm

– a bonus for short-handed sailing. As befits a yacht of this size, she sports

a tiller rather than a wheel.Down below, the open-plan layout makes for an

airy, well-lit saloon with a vee-berth in the forepeak. There’s a large dinette,

a decent galley, a generously proportioned chart table with ample stowage

and a good-sized heads compartment aft of the companionway. The aft

cabin is surprisingly roomy but rather dingy.


9.01m (29ft 6in) LWL 8.03m (26ft 4in) Beam 3m (9ft 8in) Draught 1.15m (3ft 9in) Displacement 3,100kg (6,834lb) YM test report December 1997